BoHDi studied his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. His aerosol murals (he asked me not to call them graffiti) have gained him recognition particularly in Brisbane. He exhibits work all over Australia and sells his artworks privately also.
BoHDi’s street art journey began in two ways in early 2013. Firstly he started printing stickers and paste-ups and “distributing ” them. He says this is where his true street art label lies but most people have given him the label because he spray paints on walls. BoHDi doesn’t think he has earnt the label “Graffiti Artist” because there is a street hierarchy. Secondly he met the Director, Peter Breen, of Jugglers Art Space in Fortitude Valley and an opportunity arose to show him a recent project- BoHDi was eager to take his work into the street art sector. Not long after the meeting, he created his first planned piece with IRONLAK in the alley. It was then that BoHDi realised this was his truest medium. Street art became his passion. His pure love-the spray can.
To his great success, BoHDi has marketed himself as a mural artist and has never hesitated to share his knowledge. He still works with Jugglers on many projects including reopening the Jugglers alleyway regularly for other artists to practice and learn, collaborate and vent in safety. His influences have been varied, from the dedication and proliferation of sticker artists such as Wanderlust and Betamax to the absolute meditation, speed and finesse of Graffiti artists Sofles and Lister (both Juggler’s born artists). BoHDi also loves the energy, recklessness and the ingenuity of the train yard writers.
In BoHDi’s words, “The street art scene is a very spiritual art scene. It looks loud and aggressive and that’s because it allows people to truly speak to the public and interact through their art without asking permission.” He continues, “Street art is all about space and time. The moment you spend is the only moment that exists and the artists have completely removed their sense of attachment (almost). After all there is no protecting what is public property, it’s not yours anymore-it’s everyone’s. It’s unfortunate that council believes they have the right to remove it without public consent. It’s as much about the process of creating as it is about the freedom to speak. It pre dates social media as a social commentary.”
Street art can change someone’s day, someone’s life. It breaks control and restrictions. It’s a real freedom of expression. The people who engage in these practices are willing to pay a heavy price for it. The penalties are large and on a par with Narcotics and Violence offences.
BoHDi’s pure love of the spray can is being noticed. His colourful and wild creations pop from the wall. His work is undeniably and uniquely his and I think he can claim the title ‘Graffiti Artist’ in my book.
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